Netherlands: Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Metalworking Industry

Correspondence Rode Morgen Netherlands July 14, 2021 Agreement in Principle on the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Metalworking Industry. After five months of strikes (mostly in relays, once nationwide at the beginning of this month), the trade unions and the employers' organization FME of the metal companies have reached an agreement in principle on a two-year CLA. During these two years, wages will be increased by a total of 5.3%: 2.3% on 1 July 2021, with compensation for the first seven months for those employed when the old CLA expired on 1 December 2020 and 3% on 1 February 2022. That is considerably more than the 2.25% for two years that FME offered for a long time using the corona problems of a few companies as an excuse, but much less than the 5% per year that the union demanded. On the positive side, youth wages will be abolished altogether for those over 18 and women with the same job and education should also receive the same pay as men. It was also agreed that 2400 temporary workers will be offered a permanent contract, although it is unclear how hard this commitment is. The problem of the high workload of many colleagues is largely referred to committees. The number of overtime hours to which one can be obliged is reduced to ten hours every four weeks. This collective bargaining agreement, which applies to 160,000 people, covers large companies such as DAF, Scania, Fokker, VDL, ASML, Siemens - but also many smaller ones. The union leadership not only gives a positive opinion for the agreement in principle, but assumes in advance that the members will agree: it sets aside two months for a vote by the members, while the actions are halted.

Philippines: Global Day of Solidarity with PH workers

On the 26th of July, President Duterte will be delivering his last State of the Nation Address, which we expect to be charged with lies of change and progress as he has done in his past addresses. On the same day, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) together with other democratic groups will be calling for a Global Day of Action to hold Duterte accountable for his crimes against the Filipino workers and people.

Successful day of strike of the CGT in Sochaux

22 June 2021: Correspondence: Today a strike action took place in front of the Stellantis plant in Sochaux / France. The call of the CGT for a nationwide strike day against the attacks at Stellantis, Renault and supplier factories with a total of four regional assemblies in France, in Sochaux for the region 'Grand Est', was a good initiative. The International Automotive Workers' Coordination welcomed it very much.

Brazil: Towards the General Sanitary Strike and Out with Bolsonaro and Mourão, now!

14 June 2021: Correspondence from Brazil: In Brazil, the people will take to the streets on 19 June. We are approaching the mark of half a million dead by Covid-19 in Brazil. It is a humanitarian catastrophe, led by a government that acts in a way that exposes the population even more to the virus and the expansion of contagion. Last May 29, the so-called "29M - National Day of Struggles and Mobilizations for Out Bolsonaro" was a very important date for the political conjuncture in Brazil.

ICOG Information Letter

Millions around the world took to the streets again this year on May Day, the International Day of Struggle of the Working Class, for their legitimate demands - despite restricted conditions in the Corona pandemic! The call and poster of International Coordinating Group (ICOG) "Fight for Health Protection, Jobs and Democratic Rights!" was the result of our successful online ICOG meeting at the end of March 2021 and was distributed in 5 languages.


29 March 2021 KMU International: Labor leader Dandy Miguel was shot dead in Laguna province last Sunday night 28 March. According to initial reports, he was shot eight times while on his way home from work. Miguel’s killing came three weeks after nine activists were killed in simultaneous dawn operations called Bloody Sunday in the Southern Tagalog region south of Manila, where Laguna is located.

Philippines MWAP: Justice for Dandy! #StopTheKillings

29 March 2021 The Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines vehemently condemns the brutal killing of Dandy Miguel, President of the Lakas ng Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Fuji Electric Philippines (LNMFEP), an affiliate of MWAP, and Vice President of PAMANTIK-KMU.

Experiences of former car workers in Australia

Documented from "Vanguard" CPA ML Australia: International Automotive Workers Coordination: Auto workers struggles across the world We are pleased to publish the International Information Letter of the International Automotive Workers Coordination (International Newsletter of GM-Stellantis Coordination), which documents the continuous struggles and solidarity actions of Auto workers across the world. A former car industry comrade has provided a short introduction on the demise of the auto industry here in Australia.

ICOG resolution against military coup in Myanmar

On 1st February of 2021, the Myanmar Army (formerly Burma) took power once again after exercising it from 1962 to 2011. This coup led to the arrest of the country’s main power figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, and the president of the Republic, Win Myint. Student leaders, ethnic leaders and other deputies from the National Democratic League (LND) were arrested as well. In response, a strong civil disobedience took place all over the country. The garment workers in Myanmar – about 700,000, from the shoe and tennis industries for export, stopped their activities to participate in the demonstrations. The same happened with civil servants, particularly teachers, doctors and nurses that made strong general strikes during this movement against military junta.

Full solidarity and support for the struggle against the new working time model at Stellantis

At the Chrysler Stellantis plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan (USA), a new working time model is to be introduced up from April 5. It means for the workers a horror working time of 12 hours a day and seven days a week, explicitly as a test for all Stellantis plants worldwide. The International Automotive Workers' Coordination supports all struggles against this excessive increase in flexibility and declares its full solidarity with the workers at Stellantis who oppose such working hours.

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